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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 12, 2008 11:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

Hello: ...odd experience to be listening to my first show on its annivesary from 29 years ago, hundreds of lifetimes later. So many things changed; so many things have remained the same.

Though I tried to remain by myself as much as possible, I met a countless number of individuals that helped add color to the tapestry of my so-called "life." Many of whom I "met" here about 2-1/2-yrs ago --- You know who you are: Thank You -- from the center of my heart -- for the comraderie and sharing in this experience with no name that cannot be explained.

--- AshesRising

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 13, 2008 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

This was my first show, too. My brother and his brand-new wife were students at UMass, and I was 16 years old and had seen I think Queen (amazing) and maybe the Marshall Tucker Band before this.

I just didn't get the GD at all. We were at the opposite end of the stadium, practically against the back wall, and it was hot, and there was too much beer and the sound wasn't great, and why did they turn Friend of the Devil into a reggae march? I do remember liking Terrapin and Stella Blue a whole bunch.

LOL Lucky for me my best bud - who wasn't able to go to Amherst with us - talked me into going up to Augusta ME just a few months later, where our minds were summarily blown. Good times those old times.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 13, 2008 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

Cool - Happy anniversary!!

I was listening to "the first show I remember" (11/2/79) today and I still am amazed at how unbelievably awesome the Mississippi Half Step into Franklin's Tower is/was. I had it cranking in my car with all the windows down . . . Roll Away the Dew, Roll Away the Dew and looked over and got a knowing nod (or perhaps "look at the funny old guy nod") from some young hipster couple strolling through the village. Did I mention it was cranking?

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 13, 2008 1:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

You rock big time, Ashes. And you're a 'rock'. Not an easy combination in these uncertain, if not exciting, times.
Rock on, bruvver.

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Poster: snore Date: May 13, 2008 3:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

Wow, a madeleine moment (if you can get those from reading rather than tasting). Not strictly the first show I attended, but sitting with a group of friends listening to this being broadcast was the first time we had heard the Dead other than on record. http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-16.sbd.unknown.10353.sbeok.shnf
Not in FM either, this was FAB 208 on the medium wave, and at that time of night the sound faded in and out adding a strange quality to Playin' in the Band in particular. The guy whose house we were in recorded the show on reel to reel and we'd get him to play it again every time we ended up there late in the evening. I've given him a copy of the SBD, but he still prefers his own AUD.

We were all about 19, had known each other since we were 11, and although we've moved away we still remain close and get together or keep in touch regularly. Good friends and happy memories. I can't wait until Saturday, I'm listening to it now. Thanks.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: May 13, 2008 11:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

9-3-77 Englishtown, I was 17 years old. Man what a great time, Marshall Tucker, NRPS, mud and Grateful Dead. I never looked back!!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 13, 2008 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

hartford 84. They played so long that the fire marshall was closing them down. They never leave the stage and do a love light encore and the hartford civic center turned the house lights on during it.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 13, 2008 2:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Remember your first show? [1979-05-12, UMass]

Amen